OGN Sunday

Updated: Mar 16

Plenty of positive news snippets to ensure it's a sunny day.

  • Chocolates this year and your very own heart-shaped island in the Maldives next year!? Did you know that, in addition to representing people in love, Saint Valentine is the patron saint of epileptics and beekeepers? Another fun fact: Chocolates as a romantic gesture came into fashion in the 1860s when British chocolate maker Richard Cadbury had the idea to package his confections in fancy heart-shaped boxes.

  • Global Covid Good News Updates: Reasons to be positive and hopeful.

  • Good news for French news publishers as Google agrees to pay £55m over three years, ending a content copyright feud that has lasted for more than a year. Payment will be spread across 121 national and local publications.

  • The most important celebration in the Chinese calendar kicked off on Friday and lasts for up to 16 days. This year marks the change from the Year of the Rat to the Year of the Ox. Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year.

  • Colombia is to give protected status for ten years to 1m migrants from Venezuela, who fled their country’s economic disaster. The UN high commissioner for refugees called the decision a “historic gesture”.

  • Health benefits of climate action: Millions of lives will be saved if countries cut emissions in line with the Paris agreement.

  • Diners in New York state are now able to eat inside restaurants again. The date was brought forward to accommodate romantics looking for a Valentine’s Day meal. Canoodling couples can expect more privacy; restaurants are only allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity.

  • Matching the result in October 2020, November 2020 saw 100% of new US power capacity coming from wind and solar power, according to data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The figures exclude rooftop solar power, but 100% is 100% either way.

  • 70 Hyde Parks created: For decades Britain's front gardens have been paved over, parked on and neglected - not any more!

  • What are the odds? Donating blood “you might have the chance to save your future wife,” says Mr. Lian from Taiwan.⁠ His wife shared on Instagram about a car crash she had been in 11 years ago and how she received a blood donation that saved her life, wanting to meet the person who had donated their blood. Lian jokingly said it might have been his blood.⁠ After a quick check, the data confirmed that Lian had indeed saved his future wife’s life 7 years before he even knew her!

  • Trump's 'Go Bag' in case the Feds come knocking: We appreciate that everyone's been pretending not to follow the ex-president's impeachment trial, and everyone's bored of everything Trump, but the man has always had a trick up his sleeve. Including a 'let's get the hell out of here - right now - go bag'. We reveal its contents. Warning: Fake News!

  • Since it's Valentine's Day, what could be more appropriate than a surprise flash mob invasion at a university cafeteria singing Somebody to Love?