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  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Fridays are awesome. Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • There are signs of the possible solution in Washington not over the government shutdown,

  • we`re talking about a proposal on the U.S debt ceiling.

  • On Thursday, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives said they would propose raising the debt ceiling temporarily.

  • Investors seemed happy about that, the Dow Jones industrial average took a big jump yesterday on optimism about a possible deal.

  • But there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • First, this is a proposal.

  • It would have to be passed by both Houses of Congress and signed by the president.

  • Second, it`s temporary.

  • It would run through November 22nd, and third, it only covers the debt ceiling.

  • And it it`s passed, the partial government shutdown could keep going.

  • Republican leaders were scheduled to meet with President Obama at the White House yesterday.

  • Teachers, please keep an eye on cnn.com for the latest details.

  • Today is October 11th. That means it`s the International Day of the Girl.

  • The United Nations established that in 2011, and this year`s theme is innovating for girls` education.

  • The goal of International Day of the Girl is to recognize girls` rights and the challenges that they face around the world.

  • For example, in developing countries, one out of every five girls who enroll in elementary school, never finish.

  • Globally, only 30 percent of middle and high school aged girls are enrolled in school.

  • And by 2015, it`s estimated that 64 percent of the people around the world who are illiterate will be female.

  • Experts say, access to education has wide-ranging benefits:

  • girls who get more education are shown to have healthier families,

  • and increased education leads to higher wages for girls and more participation in their country`s labor force.

  • Malala Yousafzai knows all about the benefits of girls having access to education.

  • It`s her personal cause and one that led to her being attacked by the Taliban in her home country of Pakistan.

  • She`s recovered from her injuries and now her voice and call for equal education are stronger than ever.

  • Malala is also inspiring others like Julia Fine, a high school senior.

  • Malala was scheduled to do an interview with CNN`s Christiane Amanpour that will air this Sunday at 7 P.M. Eastern.

  • Julia won the chance to be in the audience.

  • Her essay about how Malala`s bravery inspired her to get involved in activism was chosen by Malala as the winning entry in the contest we told you about a few weeks ago.

  • ANNOUNCER: It`s time for "The Shoutout."

  • The world`s busiest port is on what continent?

  • If you think you know it, then shout it out.

  • Is it Asia? Europe? North America? Or South America?

  • You`ve got three seconds, go.

  • The port in Shanghai, China is the world`s busiest.

  • In fact, most of the top ten busiest ports are in Asia.

  • That`s your answer and that`s your shoutout.

  • AZUZ: The world waits upon day they go down to the sea in ships.

  • Well, it`s like this: so many of the things we use every day, from phones to shoes to cars,

  • they`ve traveled the major shipping lanes of the world to get wherever you are.

  • Think giant cruise ships, but instead of pools and restaurants, they are stock with thousands of multicolored boxes of cargo that float on ships across the sea,

  • and then head to your area on the cars of trains and wheels of trucker trailers.

  • That could be a new boat docked at some of Asia`s busiest ports in the day ahead, and it has one major feature that separates it from every other boat in the sea:

  • it`s bigger. Like 1.5 times longer than the Titanic bigger.

  • ANDREW STEVENS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: From the world`s biggest shipping container company comes the world`s biggest ship.

  • This is the maiden voyage of the Maersk McKinney Moeller.

  • It`s a monster. From where I`m standing here,

  • next to the bout (ph) to the propellers of the far end, is 400 meters,

  • and when this ship is fully laden, it`s 20 stories high,

  • and Maersk is taking a big bet that big is indeed beautiful.

  • She`s so big she can`t get through the Panama Canal,

  • and so deep that she can`t get into most ports in the Americas.

  • But that`s not her job.

  • This vessel was built to carry 18,000 containers exclusively on the Europe-Asia route,

  • and to do it much more cheaply than its rivals.

  • Apart from the overall size of this vessel, Maersk says this is the real game changer.

  • This is one of two 43,000 horsepower engines, which drive twin propellers, but they drive those propellers at a much slower rate,

  • which means it cuts the fuel bill by about a third,

  • and it`s also (ph) that these engines pump out about half the level of emissions that normal engines do.

  • It means that she`s slightly slower than her smaller rivals, but the payoff is worth it, says Maersk.

  • Cheaper fuel costs, of course, means cheaper freight,

  • and Maersk says to actually ship one of these containers from Asia to Europe or Europe to Asia is about half as much as average `(inaudible)

  • Maersk has 20 on order, and near $2 billion on its future.

  • Right now, though, it is struggling to feel these mammoths as the sluggish global economy slows world trade.

  • Without a pickup in trade big profits may be elusive.

  • Not everything on this ship is big, though.

  • If I want to steer the world`s biggest vessel, I`ve got a joystick to do that.

  • And here it is.

  • Andrew Sevens, CNN for the Maersk McKinney Moeller, Hong Kong.

  • AZUZ: CNN heroes: ordinary people who make a difference in their communities.

  • A top ten were just announced. And the winner will be named in an all-star tribute in December.

  • If you`re 13 or older, you can go to cnn/heroes link of the resources box of our home page to find out how to vote for the CNN hero of the year.

  • Meantime, here`s a look at the top ten.

  • AZUZ: From Statesville, North Carolina, Dale Beatty, after losing his legs in the Iraq war, he was embraced by his hometown, and then he decided to pay it forward.

  • Today, he`s modified or help provide homes for more than two dozen disabled veterans.

  • From Berkeley, California, Dr. Laura Stachel uses solar power to help health care workers to deliver babies safely.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s very, very nice.

  • AZUZ: Since 2009, her solar suitcases help save lives in more than 20 countries.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Isn`t that beautiful?

  • AZUZ: From Trenton, New Jersey, Danielle Gletow, she`s a fairy godmother for foster children across the U.S.

  • Since 2009, she`s made thousands of their wishes come true.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How are you, class?

  • UNIDENTIFIED CHILDREN: Hi!

  • AZUZ: From Nairobi, Kenya, Kakenya Ntaiya, she made great sacrifices to get an education.

  • Now, she`s opened the first primary school for girls in her village,

  • so she`s educating and inspiring more than 150 young women.

  • TAWANDA JONES : Come on! Go on ....

  • AZUZ: From Camden, New Yersey, Tawanda Jones.

  • In one of the poor cities in the country, her drill team provides discipline and inspiration to children of all ages.

  • 4,000 of her students have graduated from high school, a 100 percent success rate.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You guys ready?

  • UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: Yeah!

  • AZUZ: From East Moline, Illinois, Chad Pregracke.

  • He`s made it his life`s work to keep America`s rivers clean.

  • Since 1998, his team has removed more than 7 million pounds of garbage from 22 ways across the country.

  • From West Palm Beach, Florida, Estella Pyfrom, a 76-year old grandmother poured her retirement saving into a mobile computer lab.

  • Now, she`s bringing technology and tutoring to more than 2,000 low income children and adults.

  • RICHARD NARES: There you go? All right.

  • AZUZ: From San Diego, California, Richard Nares.

  • He lost his son to leukemia, but now he`s helping low income children get to their cancer treatment, giving the more than 2,503 rides a year.

  • From the Yaounde, Cameron, Dr. George Bwelle.

  • Nearly every weekend, he travels into the jungle bringing surgery to those in need.

  • Since 2008, his team has helped 32,000 people for free.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: These are heirloom tomatoes over here:

  • AZUZ: And from Charlotte, North Carolina, Robin Emmons.

  • Since 2008, she`s grown more than 26,000 pounds of fresh produce for undeserved residents in her community.

  • AZUZ: Covered all 50 states in the roll call.

  • So, we`re totally winning it with today`s schools.

  • First in flight, the Falcons, from Brown Deer High School in Brown Deer Wisconsin.

  • How about some more Falcons?

  • We`ve got the ones from Summit Academy in Draper, Utah and on the International Day of the Girl.

  • The Hewitt School in New York City, a girls` school makes the roll call.

  • Running a marathon isn`t easy.

  • But if it`s a half marathon and you run it with twice as many legs, that`s a set up for this story.

  • A dog is a chocolate lab named Boogie.

  • He didn`t register for the race, he`d wandered away from home and then wandered up to the runners at the starting line.

  • When they took off, so did he.

  • And Boogy made it all 13.1 miles down the course, eventually earning a medal for his efforts.

  • More importantly here, he was eventually reunited with his owners, which means there is a happy ending to his tail.

  • We`ve crossed the finish line for today, so it`s time for us to boogie.

  • If you`re off on Columbus Day, enjoy the long weekend.

  • For everyone else we will be on the air, we`ll see you write here on Monday for a new week of CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • Bye now.

  • END

CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Fridays are awesome. Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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