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OGN Sunday

Kick starting the day with a collection of good news snippets.

  • UN's World Food Programme wins Nobel peace prize. Organisation wins prestigious award for its incredible efforts to combat hunger in war-torn areas. So, to nobody's surprise, Trump misses out on the accolade he mooted he should win.

  • Good news for tennis as new female star wins the French Open at Roland Garros yesterday. Congratulations to 19 year-old Iga Swiatek who beat Sofia Kenin 6-4 6-1 to win her first slam title without dropping a set.

  • 13 Full Moons in 2020: This year has been unusual to say the least. That 2020 will welcome 13 full moons makes it even stranger. And October is the lucky month that lays claim to two of these lunar events.

  • The European parliament voted last week to be more ambitious about slashing the bloc’s carbon emissions. It backed a 60 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (relative to 1990 levels) by 2030, up from 40 per cent pledged previously.

  • Word of the Day: Feierabend. One of the most enduring myths about German culture is that it values hard work over a good siesta. Think again.

  • Offshore wind energy will power every home in the UK within a decade, prime minister Boris Johnson promised. He pledged £160m to upgrade ports and factories building wind turbines in a bid to drive growth in the sector.

  • How to Say Thank You: This ridiculously simple change to how you say thank you will make it much more effective. UC Berkeley's Emiliana Simon-Thomas says "Gratitude 1-2-3" has big benefits for both you and those you thank.

  • Lithuania will build one of the largest battery storage systems in the world by the end of 2021, to ensure smooth supply of power as it disconnects from the Russian-controlled grid. Battery storage systems play a key role in the transition towards a carbon-free energy system, as they can absorb surpluses of wind and solar power and compensate for times when they are producing less power.

  • Top Restaurant Enables Disabled: It's a first for fine dining in Andalucia.

  • In good news for families affected by autism, supermarket giant Morrisons has announced it is introducing ‘quieter hours’ on Sundays, where all stores in the UK will have no music, checkout beeps or PA announcements for the first hour of shopping. Morrisons says the initiative was introduced after listening to families affected by autism who told of their difficulties in shopping in noisy and busy environments.

  • Giant German software company SAP, which has 440,000 clients, says it will allocate 5 per cent of its procurement spending to social enterprises and diverse businesses by 2025 to encourage greater social and environmental responsibility; and appealed to other companies to join it in supporting small businesses owned and run by women or minorities.

  • Back in 2017, vet nurse Marley Christian rescued a baby koala that was born with a missing foot. His mother had died and as a result, the joey named Triumph was placed in a care centre at Friends of the Koala in Australia. Marley is now working with a US-based company that's using 3D printer to create a prosthetic foot for him. "It's going to be a slow process, but we're all excited. We just want him to be comfortable."


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