Good News Today

Tuesday's collection of upbeat news snippets.

  • Photographer Mithun Hunugund specializes in photographing big cats. This gorgeous picture of a panther and a leopard was taken in Karnataka, India. The pair have been a doting couple for at least four years.

  • Live music has been one of the biggest casualties of recent times, but there was a glimmer of good news for the sector this week in the UK with the announcement that the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra is to be brought back to life after 66 years. The YSO is being revived to support musicians in northern England as the country emerges from lockdown.

  • One of the first cities in Europe to award itself a museum devoted to its own history, Paris will soon have one of the continent’s most modern as the Musée Carnavalet reopens this month following a spectacular five-year, €58m (£50m) renovation. Opened in 1880 at the suggestion of Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, who realised 20 years earlier that the mammoth programme of urban renewal he was carrying out would obliterate much of the city’s past, the museum had not been overhauled since.

  • Meanwhile, 1,500 miles to the east, Moscow’s oldest cinema is also enjoying a renaissance after a seven-year $30m renovation. Khudozhestvenny Electro-Theater is a storied venue that hosted some of the first showings of Battleship Potemkin in 1926 and regularly had Leo Tolstoy among its audience. The imperial-era cinema first opened in 1909.

  • The EU is to introduce sweeping reforms of farming subsidies this week to try to halt the decline of small farms and protect them from the intensification of agriculture fostered by decades of previous policies. Janusz Wojciechowski, the EU agriculture commissioner, said: “My intention is that this process of disappearing small farms should be stopped. The European food sector in the past was based on small farms, and it should be in the future as well.”

  • In front of howling, euphoric fans at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, Phil Mickelson strode into the record books at the weekend. At 50 years of age, he became the oldest major winner of all time. This second success at the US PGA Championship means Mickelson, whose career has regularly looked to be dwindling towards obscurity, has six major titles to his name. That total is only one shy of legendary golfers Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones.

  • Many thanks to an OGN reader from South Dakota who sent us this photo. Apparently, there's an ice cream shop called B&G Milkyway that he passes on the way to work and the owners frequently put up funny signs in front of their premises. This is his favourite one from the last few weeks.

  • Britain’s energy regulator is investing £300m to help triple the number of ultra-rapid charging points for electric vehicles across the country, as part of efforts to accelerate the UK’s shift to clean energy. Ofgem will use the cash to build infrastructure supporting 3,550 newcharging points, including 1,800 ultra-rapid charging sites at motorway service stations.

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