OGN Wednesday

Updated: Jan 17

Mid week collection of good news snippets.

  • As a direct result of Chibeze Ezekiel's four year campaign, the Ghanaian Minister of Environment cancelled the construction of a coal power plant and adjoining shipping port to import coal. The power plant would have been Ghana’s first. Ezekiel’s activism stopped the coal industry from entering Ghana and steered the nation’s energy future away from coal. Hats off!

  • If you're looking for some high-class culture, then Sadler’s Wells have both digital and live events for online and socially distanced audiences. They have a brand-new show, Social DisDancing, this Friday and Saturday, while The Little Match Girl returns from Thursday 17 December to Sunday 27 December, playing in the main theatre to allow for social distancing.

  • The Dream of Nuclear Fusion: A doughnut-shaped object in a building in China has blazed into life - and it will reach temperatures hotter than the sun. Advocates for fusion power believe that the technology holds the promise of unlimited clean energy.

  • Good news for millions of rural Americans living in 35 states as SpaceX gets $855m to beam broadband to their homes and offices.

  • An 87-year-old 'local hero' will be among the first to get the coronavirus vaccine as Britain. In the 'first step on the road back to normality', thousands of Brits will today roll up their sleeves and take a shot of the new Pfizer jab. Dubbed 'V-Day', the health service has started the biggest vaccination drive in its history at 50 hospitals. One of the first to get the jab will be Hari Shukla, a retired teacher with a 'local hero' plaque in his name and an OBE for his race relations work in his home city of Newcastle.

  • Drivers let off parking fines in Germany with joke tickets: The scheme is intended to help local retailers struggling because of lockdown.

  • Olympic Games: Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing will debut at the delayed games in Tokyo next year and, in good news for breakdancers, their sport has just been confirmed for the Paris games in 2024.

  • U.S. judges have now rejected bids by President Donald Trump to decertify Biden’s victories in Michigan and Georgia because of unsubstantiated election irregularities and to have Trump declared the winner in both states, the latest failed efforts to upend the election results. “The people have spoken,” wrote one of the judges, referring to the election results.

  • Pennsylvania has become the 12th U.S. state to legalize autonomous delivery robots scooting around its cities' streets. A bill was passed last month, which allows these robots to move around urban and suburban areas only if they weigh 550 lbs (249 kg) or under without cargo. Also known as Personal Delivery Devices, delivery robots in states such as Pennsylvania, which have legalized their use in specific parameters, are essentially now considered pedestrians - but have to give way to real pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Solar powered EV does 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds. Why shouldn't an electric car be solar powered and be just as fast as the best of them? And, to top it off, you don't need to charge it.

  • Well, that's an interesting Christmas ornament! Amanda McCormick, who lives in southern Australia, came home to find a koala bear hanging out in her (very sturdy) Christmas tree. When she called a local koala rescue organization, the bemused operator thought it was a prank call! Despite looking quite at home among the branches, the young female koala was safely removed to a more appropriate, yet less festive, locale.

  • Anyone who wears glasses will know the problem of 'where are my glasses?' Here's the French Prime Minister trying to figure out where his had gone to:

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